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Last Thursday I had to excuse myself from E.’s bedroom. “Necesito un descanso,” I told her. I need a break.
What I didn’t tell her was why.
But, I could feel the anger swirling in my stomach. My muscles were tight. I needed to step away. I needed to take a few deep breaths. I needed a time out.
“Was that okay?” I asked myself.
Processing the situation later, I realized, “yes, of course! It’s always okay, when you sense you’re about to lose your temper, to take a break.”
I also realized that there was more going on.
Because in parenting there’s always more. So much more. Continue reading